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August 15th, 2014

$150,000 cash bond set for accused rapist

August 15, 2014

Saline County Circuit Court set a $150,000 cash bond for James Gilliam who was arrested twice for allegedly drugging and raping a juvenile.

Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips set the bond during a proceeding on Thursday morning. Gilliam previously had been free on a $100,00 bond but was re-arrested on Aug. 8 after a motion to revoke his bond was filed by Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Rebecca Bush. The motion stated that Gilliam violated the terms of his bond by violating state laws.

Man on foot struck by truck Thursday

August 15, 2014

Michael Patterson, 34, who allegedly was struck by a commercial carrier truck on Interstate 30 near mile marker 115, is still being treated for his injuries.

Originally, emergency responders to the scene could not determine if Patterson had been struck by the truck or if he had walked onto the vehicle.

Patterson allegedly was struck by the truck and "struck by the second trailer in tow with the truck as the driver swerved to avoid hitting Patterson," said Bill Sadler, Arkansas State Police spokesperson.

Final Tow; drivers pay tribute to Gene Jones

August 15, 2014

The family of Gene jones was "blown away" by a Thursday tribute to the longtime wrecker service owner and operator, according to his son, Robert Jones.

Owners and drivers for more than 40 wrecker services from Benton, Hot Springs, Malvern, Little Rock, Sheridan and surrounding areas led the funeral procession from Ashby Funeral Home to Pinecrest Memorial Park.

The wrecker drivers remained at the cemetery for the graveside service that preceded Mr. Jones' burial.

The special recognition was organized by Clint Newcomb of Newcomb Towing.

Complaints center on FOI requests in Bauxite

August 15, 2014

Freedom of Information Act responses are slow to be returned in Bauxite, according to Alderman Mona Struble.

The Arkansas Freedom of Information Act of 1967 allows citizens to obtain government records to keep the workings of the government transparent to the citizens. Any FOI requests must be returned within three working days and a person who "negligently violates" the FOIA is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor according to the official wording of the law.

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